Tuesday, May 29, 2012

One-Day Concrete Countertop Class

Join us for our very popular One-Day Concrete Countertop Class. Our next session is Saturday, June 16, 2012 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Granite or engineered stone countertops are nice, but they’re also very expensive. In our Concrete Countertops class, you’ll learn how to make polished and durable countertops that are very affordable and will bring style to your home.

Learn the physics of concrete and the essentials of steel reinforcement. See the physical characteristics of placing concrete and the tamping, vibrating, troweling, polishing, and finishing that goes into making concrete countertops. All in just one day.

During the class we'll mix and pour two countertops (one in a mold and one in-place), and we'll pull a countertop out of its mold to polish and finish it. We'll teach you the subtle tricks of the trade to avoid cracking, voids, color variances, and thickness changes. Safety equipment is required (gloves, hearing protection, heavy work shoes, back brace as needed). We will have diamond stones, grinders and polishers on hand for you to try, so you will experience first-hand what tools and materials you will use to make your countertop.

This class is VA approved for tuition reimbursement and qualifies for job training benefits as well as certification programs. Space is limited so please sign up today.

Call (207) 442-7938 or email if you have questions.

Register online today.
Deposit: $100 per person (reserves your place now)
Tuition: $200/person or $300/couple

Friday, May 25, 2012

Structural Insulated Panels Workshop for Architects

If you are not currently building or designing with Structural Insulated Panels, better known as SIPs, you have probably heard about them. We are offering a free informational workshop entitled, "Structural Insulated Panels-Building a Better Way" on Friday, June 1, 2010, at our campus from 12-1:00. (Brown bag lunch available for $12.) This presentation is an AIA approved program and qualifies for continuing education units. Please contact us for more information.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

New Veteran's Benefit for Design Build Class

Congress and the President recently signed into law the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, which includes additional financial assistance to unemployed vets through the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). Shelter's Design Build class qualifies for this program.

According to the VA website:
VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans. The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and the Department of Labor (DOL) are working together to roll out this new program on July 1, 2012.

The VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to Veterans who:
  • Are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old
  • Are unemployed
  • Received an other than dishonorable discharge
  • Are not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g.: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance)
  • Are not in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability
  • Are not enrolled in a federal or state job training program
The program is limited to 45,000 participants from July 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012, and 54,000 participants from October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014.
The program application is available on the VA website. The next Design Build class at Shelter is July 9-20. Enroll now to reserve your spot.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Learn How to Be Your Own Contractor

Register today for the two-day Contract-It-Yourself course, May 26-27, at Shelter.

If you're planning a building or renovation project, this is the class for you. Whether you work with a General Contractor or you want to be your own General Contractor this class will help you understand the building process and teach you how to finance and budget the project. We'll cover what kinds of contracts and additional insurance is needed for construction and how to ensure that the project goes without a hitch to completion.

Renovating doesn't need
to be a nightmare